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Lenses / Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:42:04 PM »
+1 for Rokinon / Samyang 14mm.  I would recommend even without considering what a great value the lens represents. I have owned it and the 14mm L II from Canon.  Now I only own the Rokinon / Samyang

Here's one of the subject you desire shot with my Roki 14mm and the 5DII


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Lenses / Re: TS-E 17mm or 24mm
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:50:04 AM »
+1 for 17 TS-E + 1.4 TC

This is an amazingly versatile lens despite the wide field of view due to the almost complete lack of distortion.

As mentioned it is not quite as sharp as the 24 but from an owner  of the 17 who is also a pixel peaper, I can tell you this lenses will satisfy most anyone's need for sharpness, especially in terms of corner performance.

I also love that I can get really close to my subject if desire / required.  Great for indoor work and if you really want the 24mm just add the TC for only a marginal IQ penalty.  But I can promise you will love the 17mm FOV!

Oh, and BTW, As you will see from the sample below you can definitly use ND / CPL / Grads on this lens.  Fotodiox makes a great filter system I have been using for a few months now that allows for both Screw on filters, ie CPL / ND, and Grads.  It's called the Wonderpana and it is built like a tank.  Very high quality materials and it is made specifically for the 17 TS-E.  I actually never take it off the lens, as it also protects the front element.

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Can someone post the correct download link for the 5D Mark II current final version of ML?  I am never sure which one to download, i.e. unified or other?

I have been considering using ML for the Bulb timer feature.  From what I understood, the software resides on your CF card, so you can even have one CF card dedicated to ML.  Can anyone confirm this?

Also do you lose any of the normal menu features when you install ML?

+1 to changing the unnecessarily dramatic name of this post.  Clearly ML is a great addition / option for some Canon shooters.

Thanks in advance

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 14, 2013, 09:17:27 PM »
a couple of mine, hope you enjoy!  :)

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:41:15 PM »
Hey everyone!  Great captures.  +1 to all who posted so far.  These images are my first ever posted to CR! hope you enjoy.


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+1 to everyone who replied.  I think I am going to go with the TS-E 17 and the 17-40 (with my 10 stop ND and CPL)

I should have mentioned the other pieces in the kit which will be the 35 L 1.4 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 4 lenses (Leica 25 1.4, Oly 45 1.8, and Panasonic 12-35 / 35-100 f/2.8), which together weigh less than the 5D II with the TS-E 17!!  Also bringing RRS tripod TVC-24L, which for anyone looking for a light medium size tripod with crazy versatility and the bees knees for build quality, I can not recommend it enough.  It's hands down the best tripod I have ever handled and worth every penny of its astronomical price. :o ;)

Thanks again, and i hope to posts some pics after the trip.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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Hi everyone!

So I am leaving in 24 hours! to go to Washington and Portland OR. I shoot with the 5d mark II.  I went nuts and bought the 17 TS-E, the 17-40 and 16-35 II and I am trying to decide which ones to keep and take along with me on the trip.

I am not experienced with TS-E but understand the main concepts and like how sharp they appear to be in the corners vs the zooms. I shoot with a Tripod and don't mind the lack of AF (but would prefer to have it!)

I like that the 16-35 is f/2.8 but I don't know if the image quality is enough to justify the price. and obviously the 17-40 is the budget friendly choice and can use my 77mm screw on filters (BW 10 stop ND and CPL)

I also ordered the Tokina 16-28 2.8 on sale for $750, but I have not tested it yet.  The reviews I read seem to agree that it is at least as sharp as the 16-35II but is heavier and can not take filters.

I do not have have the 14II but have shot with the Rokinon 14 and know that the canon 14II is better all around and has auto focus to boot.  My only concern with the 14 is that the ultra wide perspective can get old.  Plus with the TS-E I can stich together shoot for really wide FOV.


So, with all that said, I turn to the opinions and expertise of the CR community for help.  Just keep in mind I only have 24 hours to decide!!!

Thanks in advance for your responses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:17:28 PM »

If some good T&S wide glass comes along for 4/3 then I'm sure you'll enjoy using it more than the beastly EOS gear.  You're not likely to miss the marginal difference in DoF for the majority of your shooting either.

+1 on not missing depth of field in most shooting.  At 1.4 or 1.8, the best M43 glass is as sharp as the canon glass at f2 and the depth of field is actually more usable

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D III w/100 MACRO - Background "Specs"
« on: August 24, 2012, 09:31:01 AM »
They look like hot/stuck pixels.  The manual cleaning step described above is supposed to remap the hot pixels.

+1

definitely look like hot pixels.  My 5D II has 15-20 of these.  if you use LR or DXO t=you will not notice them in the output files

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 20, 2012, 08:24:17 PM »
I'm trying to find a reason NOT to do this:

Sell: 5D2, TS-E 24/3.5L II, ... typically landscapes, nature, travel and cityscapes.
Do you use the tilt and/or shift on this lens?  If so, you might miss having those options.

A good point 1DSLR, but I hear Schnieder is working on a tilt shift for m43

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 20, 2012, 08:22:39 PM »
I'm trying to find a reason NOT to do this:

Sell: 5D2, TS-E 24/3.5L II, 24-105/4L, 40/2.8
Buy: Oly OM-D, Oly 12/2, Pan/Leica 25/1.4, Oly 75/1.8

Size, weight, price and general flexibility seem to outweigh the advantages of an all-out DSLR system. I'm finding you have to dig pretty deep to find significant differences in IQ in practical use. Has anyone made this kind of change?

I have both a 5DII and an m43 (Panasonic GF2). But my 5DII glass includes 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/2. There isn't any equivalent on m43. The GF2 (with the 20mm f/1.7, Olympus 45mm f/1.8 and occasionally an adapted canon 50mm f/1.4 or 35mm f/2)  is a nice compact camera (and movie mode works very nicely on it)

However, ISO can't really be cranked up high, AF isn't as fast, doesn't feel as snappy over all, the built in flash is nice but doesn't compare to the 430EX I use on the 5DII. The glass is nice (and I can adapt my canon lenses) but the FF sensor really takes it up a level.

Much like the advice I give on Canon bodies, I'd recommend against buying the atest and greatest m43. They seem to run on very short product life cycles, so you can buy an older model for peanuts (and then buy the OM-D for peanuts a year from now).

Same applies though to a lesser extent to the m43 glass -- the brand new lenses tend to sell at a premium because there are always a handful of people who are prepared to eat a $100 or so premium for the shiniest toy. If you're interested in dabbling in m43, my advice would be to pick up an older body and don't get sucked into buying the just released lenses yet.

I have to disagree elflord on this one.

I own both the 5D II w/ 35 L, 24-105L and my baby the 70-200 II and the OM-D E-M5 (25 1.4, 12-35 2.8 and 45 1.8 ).  The only comprable M43rd camera would be the GH2 and only in Video.  The OMD is a better stills camera than the GH2 by a mile

Regarding AF speed and accuracy, the OM-D easily bests the 5D II for single exposures, but it does lack in focus tracking/servo performance.

As far as the glass is concerned, the higher end lenses are cheaper than L glass, rightfully so given their proportions.  The glass is just as sharp though, and the optics are much easier to produce given the smaller sensor.  The M43 Glass (specifically the Pani Leica 25 1.4 and the 12-35 2.8, and i expect the Oly 75 1.8 ) is easily comparable to the 35 L (which I own) and the 24-70 L mark I.  In fact I would say that at wide open apertures, the 25 is considerably sharper than the 35 L.  Also the DOF on M43 at 25mm 1.4 is still very shallow, and I would say more usable than a 50mm 1.4 on a FF camera (m43rd crop factor is 2x)

ISO is almost as good as 5D II, very comfortable shooting at 1600 and 3200 in a pinch.  The biggest change with the OM-D is the RAW file quality is awesome.  so much headroom for highlight / lowlight recover and better dynamic range than the 5D II.


The 5D is still better for large print pixel peeping and m43 still does not have a native 70-200 L Mark II equivalent (soon to be released 35-100x2.8 ), but I find my 5D spending a lot of time on the shelf these days.

I would also say the IQ on the OM-D is easily usable for professional use outside of large scale printing.

I do agree though it is probably worth waiting for Photokina

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Lenses / Re: sigma 30mm f1.4... anyone used?
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:53:49 AM »
I had the Sigma 30 before I got my 35L 1.4.  I used it on a 60D and while the center was fairly sharp the autofocus was an issue for me.  In general the rendering was not great either, but it is a decent crop lens if you need the 1.4 and are on a tight budget.  Personally I would recommend looking for a used 35L or 24L.  I think you will prefer them by a mile and they will be more future proof if you decide to go FF.

my 2cents at least

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:50:28 PM »
A phenomenal lens. It shines at 200mm, but it's great everywhere in its focal range.

Here's a shot of Camilo Villegas from the Memorial Tournament last year...

120mm
f/2.8
ISO 200
1/2000

Nice shot, Dr Yan ;)  I too love this lens. I am eager to compare against the oly 75

1.8 for the em5.

DK

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Canon General / Re: HELP! Shooting my first wedding tomorrow!!!
« on: April 16, 2012, 04:52:26 PM »
Good work!

Thanks Preston! Btw I really like your work. I checked out your website. Great stuff!

Take care

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Canon General / Re: HELP! Shooting my first wedding tomorrow!!!
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:08:29 PM »
Hey everyone!

Well I am glad to report the wedding went off without a hitch and I ended shooting about 1800 exposures throughout the day. I used the 70-200 and 24-105 on 2 5D mark IIs around my neck during the ceremony, environmental and portraits at about a 2-1 ratio in favor of the 70-200. (I could feel it in my wrists and shoulders on Sunday) I actually really enjoyed the 24-105 (the wedding was outside on a bright sunny day) but you can't beat the 70-200 2.8 II for the portraits!! The background just melts away.

During the reception I just glued the 35 1.4 L on the 5D and occasional bounced a flash for more light. Most were available light shots and the 35mm was a godsend. It's like the lens creates light!!

Anyway, thanks to all for the advice and posts.
+1 to all

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